March 10-11, 2017: Snowmobile Avalanche Awareness Clinic at the Douglas County Community and Senior Center, Gardnernville, NV.

The Bridgeport Avalanche Center has received a California State OHV grant to provide avalanche education specific to snowmobile users in avalanche terrain. This means that there will be three FREE Avalanche Awareness with Field Day clinics offered this winter. Each clinic will consist of a two hour evening classroom session followed the next day by a full day field session.

This clinic will be taught by Bridgeport Avalanche Center Forecaster, Kyle Van Peursem and Forest Service Snowmobile Ranger, Ryan Lewthwaite.  Topics covered will include: how to read and understand the avalanche advisory, avalanche terrain recognition, the affect of weather on avalanche hazard, recognition of signs of snowpack instability, decision making skills for riding in avalanche terrain, and basic avalanche companion rescue skills.

Participants in the field session will each need a reliable snowmobile and basic mountain riding skills.  A modern avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe, and helmet are required equipment for the field session and must be provided by the participant.

Space is limited to 12 students per field session and registration for the field session is mandatory.  Classroom sessions are unlimited - if you are placed on the "Wait List" upon registration, you are welcome to attend the classroom session, but you may not be able to attend the field session unless there are cancellations.  Attendance of the classroom session is required to participate in the field session, regardless of registration.  If you registered for the field session but did not attend the classroom session, your place will be given away to a student chosen from the classroom session.


Classroom Session: Douglas County Community and Senior Center, Carson Valley Medical Room, Gardnernville, NV

Field session: Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area (BWRA), CA.  Meeting location for the field session will be discussed at the classroom session.


Classroom Session: March 10th, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Field Session: March 11th, 10am to 4pm

Event Date: 
Friday, March 10, 2017 to Saturday, March 11, 2017

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